In April 2004, Piers Moore Ede embarked on a very unusual journey. Disheartened by a world seemingly hooked on material wealth and scientific fact, he decided to travel the world in search of something completely other - the magical, the mystical, the numinous. In "All Kinds of Magic", Piers recounts this voyage of re-enchantment, which led him from snow-blanketed villages in the Himalayas to a dappled, ancient Sufi quarter in Delhi; from the world's largest religious festival on the banks of the swollen Ganges to tiny, covert communities of whirling dervishes in rural Turkey. He met remarkable individuals who appeared to be able to heal any ailment, channel powerful deities, glimpse the future or transcend everyday consciousness by imbibing strange, bitter herbs. Along the way he began to explore what spirituality means to us now, and what it can and ought to mean in our looming future of political, economic and environmental uncertainty. Lyrical and clear-sighted, "All Kinds of Magic" is a fascinating quest to the hidden world of miracles that is at once deeply personal and universal in its scope.
Born in 1975, he was educated at Winchester College, Exeter University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. While living in San Francisco he was involved in a hit and run accident, during the recovery from which he conceived of his first travel book, a global adventure in search of wild honey. Honey and Dust documents his search for wholeness, while looking for the last of the tribes that still hunt wild honey in jungles and cliffs. He visits Bedouin tribesman in the Syrian desert, Gurung mountain people in Nepal, the Veddhas or Wild Men in Sri Lanka, and even a rooftop beekeeper on the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
The Guardian called Piers Moore Ede 'a talented young writer... acutely aware of light, landscape and mood.' The Daily Mail called it 'thoughtful and uplifiting.' The Telegraph wrote: 'While Moore Ede's enthusiasm about honey is engaging, it is his quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book.'
Honey and Dust won the non fiction category of the DH Lawrence prize, and was nominated for the Jeremy Round first book award with the British Guild of Food Writers.
His second book All Kinds of Magic, published in 2010, has also been well received.
'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House
'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House
Piers Moore Ede also runs the popular website www.theindiaphile.com